6/10/2014 4:09:00 PM Nancy Elizabeth Teel March 16, 1959 - June 4, 2014
Nancy Elizabeth Teel, 55, of Farmington, died June 4 at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington from breast cancer.
Nancy was an artist, a community activist, a lifelong learner, treasured friend and dear sister, whose voice and spirit enriched the world around her. Her voice and spirit live on in the communities and art she created.
She was born March 16, 1959 to Marilyn Walsh Teel and Allan Howard Teel. She grew up and attended schools in Reading, Mass., followed by two years at Boston University School of Fine Arts. In 2006, she returned to college at the University of Maine at Farmington, graduating summa cum laude, at the age of 50, with a B.S. in Rehabilitation Services.
Nancy saw her life as an ever-evolving journey of mind, body and spirit: a journey which began for her in Rangeley, where she managed the bar and lodge at the Saddleback Ski Area, while expressing her artistic impulses in a myriad of ways.
As founder of "Out of the Woodworks," she created hand-painted game tables, boxes, clocks, and jewelry that reflected her deep love of nature. Her work as a muralist and creator of faux finishes, with wildlife and nature themes, can be seen in homes and public buildings from Maine to Florida, including the Medical Arts Center at Franklin Memorial Hospital and the Rangeley Health and Wellness Pavilion.
Her commitment to public service took root in Rangeley, where she was on the board of the Rangeley Recycling Committee as well as Rangeley Friends of the Arts, but it blossomed in Farmington where she lived for the last eight years.
As volunteer center coordinator for the United Way, she spearheaded many grassroots programs, including the Community Energy Challenge for Greater Franklin County, a program which trains volunteers to make interior storm windows, and then teach others. So far, the CEC has created 1800 window panels in 283 households and 16 public buildings, saving $75,000 in energy costs. This past May, Nancy's work was recognized by the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry with its Salt & Light Award.
When Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago in April, she met that challenge with her customary mindfulness, intelligence, and creativity. She had planned to create a series of panels this summer to reflect her journey through life's struggles and joys.
Nancy is survived by brothers, Chip (Dr. Allan) Teel of Nobleboro, Steve Teel, of So. Royalton, Vt., Jeff Teel of Boothbay Harbor, and Chris Teel of Brunswick; sister, Mary Lou Teel of New York City and Boothbay; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins with whom she had maintained a special bond.
There will be a celebration of Nancy's life at 10 a.m., Sat., July 12 at the North Church in Farmington, followed by an art show and auction to benefit projects dear to her heart at the Gingerbread House Restaurant in Oquossoc, at 5:30 p.m.
Tributes can be posted at http://nancy.teel.muchloved.com.